The Best Southeast Asian Noodles in Los Angeles County

03/15/2013

Dylan Ho

In cultures around the world, noodles are an integral part of everyday life, from waiting two hours outside of a ramen stall in Japan to the instant form that’s become a rite of passage for college undergrads. Noodles offer therapy for those feeling under the weather or homesick, or to begin the healing process after a night of overindulgence. Whatever the case, for millions of people hardly a day goes by without noodles at some point.

Los Angeles and its surrounding areas offer a lot of heavy noodling, and for aficionados there’s even more enjoyment to be found with noodles than Chinese dumplings. During the late 1970s, the Vietnam War caused an influx of Asian immigration into the United States. The people of Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) sought refuge here and they brought the one thing that kept them alive for generations: noodles. A key influence on the noodle dishes from these countries are the Southeast Chinese from the province of Chiu Chow (pronunciation in Cantonese), Chao Zhou (pronunciation in Mandarin), Trieu Chau (pronunciation in Vietnamese) and Teo Chew (pronunciation in Thai/Cambodian).

Historically, the Chiu Chow Chinese are some of the smartest, fastest-moving, hardest-working merchants and sojourners of the Chinese diaspora. Their footprints can be tracked in Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Taiwan (Fujian), Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and even the Philippines. Essentially, they are everywhere, and so is their food. When you walk into a restaurant that offers 3-4 different languages on the menu, you're most likely in a Chiu Chow establishment. It will usually be Chinese, Vietnamese, Cambodian and sometimes Thai.

The following round-up of some of the best noodles in Los Angeles County focuses on dishes from Southeast Asia's "Golden Triangle" and Southeast China (Chao Zhou/Fujian/Hainan provinces).

Restaurants Near Los Angeles Museums

03/14/2013

Joshua Lurie

There’s a constant dialogue about whether or not food is art, and that’s a conversation that has no clear-cut resolution. However, one thing’s for sure: people who experience art in museums need sustenance before or after their excursions. Here are some of our favorite restaurants located near key Los Angeles cultural institutions.

Top Must-Try Burgers in Los Angeles

03/14/2013

Joshua Lurie

There’s no doubt, Angelenos are believers in burgers. Los Angeles County has hundreds of burger outlets and we’ve been savvy enough to produce In-N-Out, a regional chain that started in Baldwin Park and still has street cred. LA is the birthplace of Umami Burger, which is expanding nationally and seems destined for a global stage. There are more local spots that deserve national recognition for their burgers, including the timeless Bill & Hiroko’s and the contemporary Father’s Office. Here are 10 of our other favorite burger options in Los Angeles.

The Best Restaurants in Hollywood

03/14/2013

Tara de Lis

Like all great actors, Hollywood is constantly reinventing itself. At various times, it’s been known as the home of pioneering movie studios, the first Academy Awards ceremony, an Art Deco treasure trove, a punk rock stomping ground, a tourist T-shirt mecca, and an epicenter of nightlife. These restaurants, from as far back as 1919 to more recent openings, have helped to establish Hollywood as one of the hottest dining and drinking destinations in the city.

The Best Chinese Dumplings in Los Angeles

01/10/2013

Dylan Ho

In Chinese culture, dumplings symbolize wealth and good fortune. For Chinese New Year and beyond, here’s a selection of the best Chinese dumplings in Los Angeles, many that are likely outside your comfort zone.

Best Bets for Healthy Dining in Los Angeles

01/02/2013

Pat Saperstein

Diners can find a healthful meal at nearly any Los Angeles restaurant, but it's easier at the spots that emphasize local produce and sustainable meats and fish. These restaurants may have varying philosophies, yet all offer a chance to experience exciting tastes and lighter preparations.

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